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What do TEFL and TESL mean? TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. TESL stands for Teaching English as a Second Language. TEFL is used when people teach English in a non-English speaking country. TESL is used when people teach English in an English speaking country. Is this important? Not very, for students. But there are some important technical considerations for teachers. See The Definitive Guide to TEFL.

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Can you teach English in Thailand without a degree or TEFL? A degree is required in Thailand, but non-degree-holders can work in nearby Cambodia. A TEFL certificate is not required in Thailand, but can help

9 fun this and that games Nine stimulating this and that classroom practice activities, including drawing games, active TPR games, flashcard games and a memory game

How to teach describing objects Describing physical things teaching tips, including presenting and practising how to describe objects, and describing objects games

For teachers: Homework: Non-Gradable Adjectives This useful Worksheet helps students practise Non-Gradable Adjectives in three different ways.

University terms quiz You can do this quiz online or print it on paper. It tests some of the terms covered in the glossary of University Terms in our Vocabulary section.

For teachers: Homework: Reported Speech Tom said that he was bored, I asked him where he lived...

For teachers: Homework: Prefixes Was the steak OVERcooked or UNDERcooked? Did you PREview the film, or did you REview it? It’s quite amazing how so few letters can have such a drastic effect on the meaning of a word!


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